Nico Antonio showcases his Nintendo Switch game collection

For Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin star Nico Antonio, the pandemic is an eye-opener, a life-changing event that made him realize their limitations, as well as strengths, as humans.

Nico finds the purest joy inside the home, in the company of his wife and kids. He’s now a more hands-on dad. He’s bestowed with the opportunity to witness the kids’ milestones. And he realized that he will never trade such precious little moments for anything the outside world can offer.

He also worked on his dream of becoming a cinematographer by taking online classes. Nico plans to work off-cam in the future.  

Nico believes that the teleserye, Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin is a vessel of life lessons about not giving up. In the series, he is on Team Marissa (Jodi Sta. Maria).

The viewers witnessed Blue’s backstory and why he’s forever indebted to Marissa. In real life, Nico can also be that loyal to his kids, wife, and friends without expecting anything in return. Just like his onscreen character, he is a cheerful person always drawn to the bright side. Their difference, though, is the confidence when it comes to women.

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We’ve always seen Nico portray the sunny friend in his past teleseryes, which is why Blue’s character is different. “May pagka-sindikato ang pinanggalingan. Like, ‘yung past portrayals ko simpleng tao lang. Ito, may bigat kung bakit niya ginagawa ‘yung mga ginagawa niya,” he explained.

Nico works with Jodi Sta. Maria for the first time and he has nothing but praises for the “Silent Superstar.” He discovers something new about her each working day – from her wisdom to her childish quirks. He learned that Jodi is a true multi-hyphenate. The Kapamilya actress is currently finishing her degree in Psychology and is into acupuncture.

“I was surprised kasi ang lalim pala niya na tao. Ang dami kong nakukuha sa kanyang input about Psychology. Tapos ang thesis niya is about fusing together psychology and acupuncture,” shared Nico. He added that Jodi is such an unassuming soul, simple and quiet. She loves to offer them food, although she takes clean-eating seriously.

Makulit pala siya na tao. ‘Yung pagiging makulit niya, parang bata kasi pag iisipin mo, parang mature, kaya niyang dalhin sarili niya. Pero kapag kami-kami na lang, ano pala siya, parang bata rin,” he revealed about his co-star. 

Nico learns a lot from Jodi and her work ethics, achieving a dream is one. “Never give up on your dreams. Jodi started as a character actress. Nag-break into limelight siya because of 100 Days To Heaven tapos nagtuloy-tuloy na hanggang sa Be Careful with My Heart and so on.”“Ang natutunan ko is if they have a dream to go that far, don’t give up on it,” he continued.

Asked about his unforgettable experience from the set of Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin, Nico looked back on a scene shared with no less than Maricel Soriano. After the take, the Diamond Star approached him for some pointers.

“She told me na kapag may gusto kang i-empahsize na words doon sa lines mo, ‘yung ang bigyan mo ng bigat kasi hindi lahat ng words doon sa linya mo importante. Para ‘pag bigay mo ng bigat doon sa word na ‘yun, doon mo mailalabas ang emotion na gusto mo,” Nico related.

When not busy with daddy duties and taking cinematography classes, Nico would loosen up by gaming. He owns a Nintendo Switch game collection.

“’Yung Nintendo Switch, pwede siyang handheld, portable, pwede mong laruin kahit saan. Pwede rin siyang ikabit sa TV tapos doon ka maglalaro sa TV. Kaya switch ang tawag sa kanya kasi hybrid siya,” explained Nico.

He also bought one for his wife, so to turn game time into a fun couple bonding activity, although it rarely happens. Even his kid was bitten by the gaming bug as well. Nico started collecting in November 2018 after purchasing a Switch during a Japan trip with the family. He said that it is much cheaper there.

Because his kid is not into fighting games, Nico is looking for a playmate to enjoy his “Dragon Ball Z” game (one of the firsts in his collection).

As he learned more about gaming collections, Nico discovered that sealed Mario Brothers copies are treasures. “Noong una, mga Mario lang nilalaro ko tapos na-realize ko ‘yung mga bala niya ‘pag hindi mo siya binubuksan doon sa plastic, nagmamahal siya, so nag-start ako mangolekta ng mga games,” he added.

Add to his collection a version of Binding of Isaac, now one of the rarest Nintendo Switch games, which he bought from a mall in Cubao. It was the last available copy then.

Nico owns a total of 100-150 on-hand collections, apart from the games shipped to relatives abroad for cheaper fees. Among the bunch, Nico picks “Dragon West 11” as his ultimate choice.

Nico plans to venture into game streaming soon.